Between the ages of 12-18 we see a plane of creation. This is a time when the adolescent leaves behind the state of childhood and enters the state of adulthood, becoming a member of society in his or her own right. There is the transition from the child that has to live within the family to the adult that has to live within a society. These ages are a sensitive period when adolescents develop the most noble characteristics of humankind, that is to say, a sense of justice, moral conscience, responsibility, and personal dignity.
Maria Montessori understood that adolescents need protection and understanding, physical activity and variety, and to be given independence and responsibility. Adaptability and self-worth are among the most important qualities for an adolescent to learn. Her vision was to have students do “real” work and run a business, thus learning economic independence.
MacDowell Montessori will adapt Montessori’s vision to the twenty-first century by encouraging adolescents to develop business skills and apply these in ways consistent with nature, the environment, societal expectations, commercial principles and sustainable development, while also preparing students to enter the college or university of their choice.